ATLANTA – For the second consecutive year, Waiting for Wishes combined fine dining and football stars for a unique exclusive dining experience that raised over $90,000 for local wishes at the Palm Restaurant in Buckhead on Wednesday night.
Over 40 current and former NFL players acted as waiters to more than 100 guests during the evening.
All proceeds went to benefit Make-A-Wish Georgia to grant wishes to local children with life-threatening medical condition. With an average wish cost of $10,000, Waiting for Wishes will directly fund nine wishes for Georgia kids.
At the inaugural Waiting for Wishes in 2015, guests met 15-year-old Ronald who had wished to go to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii after being diagnosed with leukemia.
Now a year later, Ronald’s wish has come true and he was able to share about his experiences with some of his favorite NFL players. Ronald is also celebrating over two years of being in cancer remission.
Guests had the opportunity to bid on autographed player shirts and aprons, or take a selfie with players after making a donation.
The evening was made possible through a partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA). All pro players in attendance are all represented by CAA, as are the two emcees for the event, sports broadcasters Olivia Harlan and Kristen Ledlow.
A special thanks to our top sponsors, who each donated more than $10,000: Tim and Diane Crow, Debbie and Dan Howard, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.
Make-A-Wish Georgia board member and founding partner of Sygyzy Solutions, Mitch Nelson
, served as the chair of the event for a second year.